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A Toast to Andrea

Andrea Bosco of Bosco Agostino in Barolo contacted me yesterday. Here is what he had to say:
Ciao Greg, how are you? I hear you (the US) have some cases of Coronavirus. Be careful - also your father. The virus is very dangerous.

We must stay closed in the house. Everything is closed - shops, restaurants, coffee shops. No people in the a war!

No possible to do business or ship wines. All importers cancel orders - Denmark, Sweden & Swiss. I had 7-8 orders from different cities here in Italy...everything cancel.

Today, I wrote to you, my friend in Denmark, in Suisse and California to tell that you have to be careful. Here is terrible. Really, really bad situation.
Andrea’s remarks while sobering, also were heartwarming. In the midst of all the troubles he and his countrymen face, he selflessly thought of and cautioned me, my family and my 92-year-old father.

VDLT always maintains that it’s not enough for a wine to be great. We must like and admire the people who produce it as well. Andrea’s gesture is typical of what we’ve come to expect from our winemaking friends. They are gracious, generous and caring people. That is why we are proud and honored to have them in our VDLT Community.

It’s so easy to get caught up in our own challenges (for us it has been the effects of tariffs and now the virus on our business operations). But I - we - must remember we are a Community and act accordingly.

So, to our friends in Italy who have been hit hardest in Europe, but also to those in France and our newest friends in Spain, please know that we are thinking about you and hoping for a quick and thorough recovery. And when the world returns to some semblance of normal, VDLT will support you. We are devising ways (encumbrances be damned) to offer more of your wines to our members and to grow our membership so more people can discover your great wines.
I told Andrea we would open one of his wines tonight and toast to him. He said “Great!” So, we did just that - his Barolo Neirane 2016. A sample he sent me (thanks to Greg Dal Piaz for the delivery!). I hadn’t tasted this wine since it was in barrel in his cellar. It is a great young wine that beautifully shows the magnificence of the vintage, the pedigree of the vineyard and the talents of the winemaker. 

This is just one of the many new wines we will add as soon as it is possible.

I ask everyone in our Community to join me over the next several days: Open a bottle from your favorite VDLT producer, toast the family behind it and wish them good health and prosperity. Send your tasting notes or well wishes to and we will share them.

Be well and be safe but also take a moment to enjoy life.